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Basquiat's Bold Vision in 'Minor Success

We always love seeing Jean-Michel’s warm smile, as we do here. He’s holding a piece that he finished two years earlier called "Minor Success.” Interestingly, it includes three of his most recognizable motifs – a car, a mask-like head, and a golden crown. All portrayed on a mirrored cupboard door.

Sotheby’s describes the artwork as “Raw, unabashed, direct, and poetic, Minor Success exemplifies the work of a young, groundbreaking artist on the verge of unrivaled success.”

Learn more about Jean-Michel’s work and worldview in the Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure© Exhibition catalog.

Photo: Marion Busch (1982), Annina Nosei Gallery in Jean-Michel Basquiat’s basement studio

Artwork: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Minor Success (1980)

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